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Paul Jenkins

Phenomena False Verne Sounding, 1974

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Lot 36
Acrylic on canvas
44.5 x 33.5 in (113.0 x 85.1 cm)
Signed on recto; signed, titled, and dated on verso


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After moving from New York to Paris in 1953, Paul Jenkins continued his work with oil on canvas: by pouring streams of different colored oil pigments of varying thickness onto canvas, Jenkins experimented with the chemical properties inherent to this medium. Always titling the works from this series with “phenomena,” here the artist employs vibrant hues to extend his exploration to color theory.

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About Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) was an abstract expressionist painter trained at the Art Students League of New York under the tutelage of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. In 1953, Jenkins traveled to Italy and Spain, settling in Paris. His first solo exhibition was held in 1954 at Studio Paul Facchetti on the rue de Lille. The artist’s first solo exhibition in New York was held in 1956 at the Martha Jackson Gallery, where the Whitney Museum of American Art purchased the painting “Divining Rod.” In 1959, Peggy Guggenheim purchased “Osage” from Jenkins’ studio in Paris. Guggenheim continued to be a patron of Jenkin’s works. In the 1960s, the artist transitioned from working in oil on canvas to acrylic and placed sculpture at the forefront of his works in the 1970s. In 1977, the artist began working in watercolor on canvas.